2 teens, man appear in court to face charges for robberies in Hialeah

Group targeted pedestrians, bicyclist while driving, police say

By Tim Swift - Local10.com Digital Editor, Roy Ramos - Reporter

HIALEAH, Fla. - Two teenagers and an adult appeared in court on Friday on charges related to a string of robberies in Hialeah. 

Leandro Rente, 23, Roy Joel Arias, 17 and Barbara Jimenez, 17, face charges of armed robbery. A 16-year-old boy, who was arrested with the trio, faces a charge of resisting arrest.

Leandro Rente, 23, is one of three people accused in a string of armed robberies.

Eddie Rodriquez, a spokesman for the Hialeah Police Department, said the group targeted their victims while riding around Hialeah in a silver Hyundai Sonata.

In the first robbery around 7:30 p.m., the group held a man at gunpoint in the 300 block of East 31st Street, but fled after the man had nothing on him to steal, Rodriquez said.

The thieves then robbed a man walking in the 300 block of West 38th Street, Rodriquez said. The group then targeted a bicyclist near West 29th Street and West First Avenue, taking his wallet at gunpoint after blocking his path with their vehicle, Rodriquez said.

Next group ambushed a man near East Second Avenue and East 59th Street, Rodriquez said. The trio punched and kicked the victim before fleeing with his wallet and backpack, Rodriquez said.

Around 8 p.m. Thursday, Hialeah police spotted a car matching the description of the one used by the robbers and arrested Rente, Arias, Jimenez and the 16-year-old boy. A fifth person in the car was detained but was later released after police determined he was not involved in the robberies.

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